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Wolf Center Plays Host to Guest on a Mission

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Many of us are exhausted after walking or biking just a couple of miles. Imagine hiking, biking and paddling some 5,000 miles over a period of nine months. It makes you tired just thinking about it.

However, that’s just what John Davis is doing and he discussed his adventure Friday at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem.

Davis’ journey is known as TrekEast and since February, when he left Key Largo, Fla., he has walked, biked and kayaked his way to northern Westchester. His ultimate destination is Canada’s Gaspe Peninsula. By the time he’s finished he will have travelled through 13 states and amassed 5,000 man-powered miles.

Davis hopes his sojourn will inspire the development of a connected “Eastern Wildway,” a wildlife pathway that links the last remaining wetlands from Florida to Canada.  The 10-month journey is sponsored by Wildlands Network.

Davis noted that there is synergy between his goal and the mission of the Wolf Conservation Center, which not only educates people about wolves, but propagates them back into their natural environment.

“Wolves are a natural part of the ecosystem in the northeast,” he said. “The surest way to protect their long-term survival is to protect their habitat. We would have a healthier ecosystem with wolves in our forests.”

Davis took the opportunity to check out the Wolf Conservation Center to learn more about wolves and the mission of WCC.

“I wanted to explore wolf recovery in the eastern United States,” he said. “Eastern Wildway would give wolves more room to roam, which would help their recovery. That’s the synergy between our two missions.”

Davis said he hopes to finish his trek and arrive at Gaspe Peninsula by mid-November. He said so far, his journey has been uplifting as well as educational.

“I am meeting some real heroes along the way,” he said. “There are people out there trying to make the country a better place.”

What do you think of Davis’ dream of an “Eastern Wildway,” which would link remaining wetlands from Florida to Canada? Share your thoughts with out on Twitter or Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheDailyLewisboro or http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheDailyPoundRidge

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